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mitigate vs. militate
- some intangible and invisible social force that mitigates against him
- —William Faulkner
Examples of mitigate in a Sentence
- At the far end of the room is a sliding glass door, taped with an X to mitigate shattering. The framing is flimsy, and rattles from mortar rounds even a half mile away. —William Langewiesche, Atlantic, May 2005
- … a genre novel whose inevitable cinematic ending doesn't mitigate the visceral and emotional power of what has come before. It lingers in the memory like a very bad dream. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books, 14 Aug. 2003
- For 65 holes Norman dominated the classic rolling fairways and small, subtle greens of Olympic … with driving and iron play so solid that it mitigated mediocre putting. —Jaime Diaz, Sports Illustrated, 8 Nov. 1993
Emergency funds are being provided to help mitigate the effects of the disaster.
medicines used to mitigate a patient's suffering
Recent Examples of mitigate from the Web
According to Kovarik, years of effort and taxpayer dollars have gone into improvements to increase local storage for floodwater to mitigate flooding, and the Foxconn project threatens that work.
Thinkstock Fully mitigating the issue on Intel processors requires a mixture of software and CPU firmware updates, similar to Spectre.
These victims, though, spoke about harm, in statements the jury would consider to be aggravating evidence, as against the mitigating evidence presented by the defense.
And whereas mental illness may sometimes be a mitigating factor in sentencing, even when a person is responsible for a crime, Carro decided Ortega’s resistance to treatment and unwillingness to admit culpability render her undeserving of lenience.
Probably more because this is a high-profile case, and there are probably more aggravating circumstances than mitigating circumstances.
During death penalty trials, the defense focuses on proving mitigating circumstances to convince a jury not to impose the death penalty, Hornsby said.
Last May, for example, Tucson Electric Power signed a deal for solar energy with storage, which can mitigate (if not entirely resolve) concerns about how to provide power on gray days.
This grotesque failure to mitigate a public health emergency – concentrated in white rural America – offers Democrats an opportunity to make inroads in that hostile territory.
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mitigate or militate?
Would it be correct to say, "His boyish appearance mitigated against his getting an early promotion"? Most usage commentators would say "no." They feel such examples demonstrate a long-standing confusion between mitigate and the look-alike militate. Those two words are not closely related etymologically (mitigate descends from the Latin verb mitigare, meaning "to soften," whereas militate traces to militare, another Latin verb that means "to engage in warfare"), nor are they particularly close in meaning (militate means "to have weight or effect"). The confusion between the two has existed for long enough that one commentator thinks "mitigate against" should be accepted as an idiomatic alternative to militate, but if you want to avoid criticism, you should keep mitigate and militate distinct.
Origin and Etymology of mitigate
Synonym Discussion of mitigate
- took an aspirin to relieve the pain
- the lotion alleviated the itching
- good news would lighten our worries
- ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
- the need to mitigate barbaric laws
- allayed their fears
MITIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mitigate for English Language Learners
: to make (something) less severe, harmful, or painful
legal Definition of mitigate
- a failure to mitigate
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